Courtside: Draymond’s will versus Anthony Davis, countering top-blocking + more
[+notes/quotes/video from G2 Warriors-Lakers]
Got some really great footage from courtside that showed Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green’s will and physicality while boxing out Anthony Davis, Jordan Poole assisting on a Stephen Curry midrange bucket after a cut that countered Dennis Schroder’s top-blocking, and Curry executing the game plan of not fouling by keeping his hands back and not reaching in on D’Angelo Russell.
Thanks to LetsGoWarriors friend Anthony Schlander (@anthonypresents) who had these clips from courtside by the LA Lakers’ bench — see behind-the-scenes video below. I’m not sure if his intention was to highlight the in-game tactics of Dray and Steph and JP, per se, but it was certainly eye-opening and pleasant to see up-close. Of course, there were the usual “sideshows” such as Zendaya, other celebrities (see below), super-fan Christian Gamboa getting gifted Curry’s game-worn shoes, and more.
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With that, here are the rest of the notes and timestamps from that Game 2 BTS video, followed by the picture gallery (oops, I may have forgotten to include a gallery last article), livestream commentary and finally all of the interviews from postgame in reverse chronological order.
Speaking of which, I do want to point out JaMychal Green’s Q&A where he shed light on how Steph’s speech allowed him to “let it go” as far as any ego or frustrations of not playing had gone. Green also described watching Klay Thompson hit dagger 3s as, “You be like, ‘Wut?!?!’” — so I’m not sure if it was the catchy thumbnail or the reference to Curry’s speech, but that upload somehow has surpassed 160,000 views on YouTube (see below).
0:16 Phil Hellmuth shows us Wiggs pregame and Moses Moody talking to Eric Musselman and Chris Mullin
0:29 Juan Toscano-Anderson in attendance again (was guest on NBC Sports Bay Area).
0:45 Steph arrives and does the Coseezy Liberty U. entrance
2:45 Steph and Klay pregame to “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z
3:57 LeBron talcum power toss with Lakers and NBA social media managers eagerly filming
4:04 Dray and Steph with their pre-intros ritual of stretching at the scorer’s table
4:09 LeBron pre-tipoff handshakes and Steph stanchion run
4:58 watch Draymond’s will in boxing out Anthony Davis
5:06 lob gone awry turns into corner 3 by JaMychal Green thanks to hustle by Klay
5:24 Steph executing the game plan of not fouling by keeping his hands back lol
5:43 Dray roots himself vs AD and also blocks Rui Hachimura’s shot
6:20 counter against the top-blocking (better view coming up, oops)
6:34 Dray makes Lakers pay for trapping Steph, no way D’Angelo Russell is stepping in for a charge, to LeBron’s dismay
6:49 close-up of Steph’s cut to a midrange negating Schroder’s top-blocking, assist by Jordan Poole
6:59 Klay is always practicing his shot
7:08 Zendaya and Tom Holland
7:31 Danny DeVito
7:36 Bob Myers x Joe Montana
7:53 Pedri Gonzalez and Eric Garcia Martret of FC Barcelona
8:02 Klay with George Kittle, Christian McCaffrey and Sam Darnold (editing mistake: probably occurred pregame, not postgame + background music is off)
8:20 Dance Cam Mom
8:28 Steph tells Noah Graham he’s looking for Christian Gamboa, the high-energy fan wearing the orange jersey at Sacramento
8:42 Draymond hugs family, postgame
9:42 Gamboa — who on Twitter said he applied for an interest-free credit card to attend the game and did not sit courtside — is found, Steph’s security guard Yusef Wright hands him Curry’s game-worn Curry10 shoes.
10:30 Gamboa excited to bump into Anthony Lamb
10:46 postgame tunnel walk/chat from Klay, Dray and Steph, on getting another one in LA up next
11:13 Dray joined by son DJ and daughter Cash
11:26 Cash and DJ arguing about copying each other
11:37 DJ and Cash say thank you
11:52 more tunnel walk/chat with Dray, Wiggs, JP and GP2
Friendly reminder, pics are first posted on our YouTube Stories, which is accessible on your mobile YT app. Unlike Instagram’s 24 hours, the Stories stay up for 10 days so the missing picture gallery from Game 1 should still be readily available if you go there.
0:00 J-Mike will start, being more physical
12:00 trying to explain how to have trust in the Kerr and the staff rather than insist JK start
29:45 Steph changes up his stanchion
30:00 lose the tip (no Looney)
11m45 Q1 Steph good D on Reaves opening possession
11m10 J-Mike lead pass to Dray layup!
10m30 J-Mike rewarded touchdown for close-up
10m00 J_Mike good physicality foul early
9m40 Dray PNR
8m45 champ DNA D
34:00 refs are Eric Lewis, Tony Brothers
7m40 DLo 2 fades
7m15 J-Mike line drive corner 3
5m35 good reb Moody (him and JP in for J-Mike and Wiggs)
5m20 Dray saves a bucket after bad tov by Klay
4m50 JP bad tov then loses Rui backdoor
4m25 Donte great fake and reverse layup
4m10 AD runner, Dray yells at JP to scoot over
3m41 Looney in for Dray, so will they tandem tonight?
3m20 Looney good stop on AD, good help Donte
3m00 JP airball
50:15 Percy theory: "JP is just a hot and cold player like JR Smith"
2m40 JP falls asleep on the switch with Donte
1m50 Moody saves the day
0m55 Donte attack to Loon
0m22 Steph takes what's avail long 2
11m15 Q2 Loon over Wenyen Gabriel, AD getting rest
10m30 Donte nice rhythm
9m45 Donte close out and rebound
9m30 Steph steal, swing to Klay 3, timeout Ham
1:01:00 all those complaints from Q1 and we're now up by 1, that's Warriors Basketball!
8m45 Steph goat scoop
7m45 LBJ goat 3 bank, after a big step
7m25 Dray bad screen on Vando who's great D
7m10 great Moody deflection after being picked
6m55 Moody great oreb
6m30 Moody reb and touchdown reverse to JP
6m10 DLo nice move worth his salary
5m55 AD to Reaves out of bounds, haven't called Reaves name much
5m30 Wiggs great job over the screen but fouled
5m10 we're in zone as Rui hits 3 over Dray
5m05 JP downhill
4m30 Rui another 3, Wiggs had to help Dray on AD
3m55 Dray steals the oreb from AD tap to Klay
3m40 AD dunk putback, Dray my bad, tracked the Schroder but in doing so lost contact on AD
1:16:00 so we went 1-2-2 per JVG with LBJ out and AD in, but Rui is 4/4 on 3s
3m30 Dray says my bad on the low lead pass to JP, Klay 3 curl
3m00 Dray funny samurai D on AD
2m50 LeBron (would be 1 pf) side charge take on Wiggs (2 pf) challenged by Steve
2m51 brilliant challenge by Steve because Phil Handy got a tech (give Kerr credit!)
2m40 DLo spreads arms out and Steph gets called
2m20 athletic save by Donte, Klay splash
2m00 Wiggs good closeout on Rui corner, Donte block
1m20 Dray putback attempt leads to JP putback
1m05 JP actually moved his feet pretty well on POA but put his chest into him
0m25 Wiggs desire causes over the back foul on AD (3rd)
0m03 JP gamble for the steal then can't stop his momentum
1:34:00 for the Steve-rotation-suck people, let's judge when it's time to judge (after we get eliminated if we do)
1:37:30 on Poole: do you guys remember 2019? I was there at practice when Ron Adams had a NBA Defense 101 session with all the young fellas: Bowman, Paschall, JP, Chriss and other young guys. Poole was drafted without any NBA defensive skills. The same can roughly be said of Steph Curry, but I will give the nod to Steph in terms of the defensive desire.
1:41:15 if you're having difficulty with the frustration, just think the word GRATITUDE just like Ben is saying and everyone else in the chat right now, it carries over into life
8m35 Q3 J-Mike corner 3, esp after a bad screen
8m10 J-Mike dunk over LBJ no call
7m55 Klay pump-fake 3
1:55:00 Dean: "whatever you think about the regular season, Kerr keeps them ready"
7m15 Dray to Steph vs top-blocking after Klay gets held no call, taking advantage of the attention on Klay -- Steve won't credit for that action, but it's all built off of the Lakers knowing that they need to stop Klay and we know that
6m40 Steph and Klay didn't communicate on the Reaves/DLo action
5m45 Steph trapped, Dray to J-Mike
5m00 JP bad push off on Vando
4m30 Steph threads the needle to Dray on the trap
2:08:15 I'm gonna say that foul by Schroder was worse than Sabonis because it's knee than ankle
3m50 Steph 2 obliterates the top-block -- perfect adjustment
3m25 AD blocks Steph, Steph making the adjustment in his brain right now
3m21 JP checks in, so good for Steve to give him another chance up 22
2m55 Klay splash, Reaves hangs his head
2m45 Klay excellent help on Rui
2m15 JP outlet Klay
1m15 organized chaos thanks to Donte avoiding a jump, Steph 3
0m50 Pat Fraher did not call a foul for Steph 3, does not for LBJ 3 vs Wiggs, calls a T on LBJ
2:17:00 I was wrong about Donte earlier when I said he gets an "A" (A-plus)
0m03.7 Moody dunk past LBJ fell asleep
2:24:45 Elijah: "rotation from Kerr was excellent!" -- MOST WANTED MAN NOW ON TWITTER!
2:26:00 Dean: Moody is the guard version of Looney
2:27:00 Dean: Lakers held to 9 free throws -- has another NBA team done this this year?
8m44 timeout up 30, Kerr talks to Steph but decides against it, Steph says my bad, this might be a brain fart on Steve, so it happens, guys were already thinking we had Lakers buried so they weren't into it
7m50 JK unselfish swing to Moody 3
6m10 GP2 hangs for the foul
5m15 JK 3, Dean: still hasn't forced a shot
4m30 GP owning the orebs, another putback
2m40 good D Lamb vs Tristan
2:50:00 Dean goes crazy about wanting GSW to score 130
3:41:00 6th playoff game with 8+ threes made, most in NBA history
3:43:00 27-9 after a loss
4:20:00 Dean: Klay's a poet after Klay's podium
4:20:45 Klay said Dray is 6'7"
4:22:00 Dean: LBJ and AD shot a combined 1 FT, we're not secure
5:02:00 Dean: we experienced the Lose, Grow, Win (LGW!)
5:08:00 Dean: Klay seems childly simple, but there's some real, real, real deep stuff, he's a poet and a philosopher
5:09:00 me on Steph giving the "Magic Curry" reporter enough for him to do his article
5:22:00 I had been ready to give the speech about the Spurs getting bumped in the first round if SAC would've beaten us in Game 7 last week
5:25:00 Dean: I'm willing to stick with this team until they retire, "I watched a 6'3 shooter take his team to the Finals as much as the Chicago Bulls"
5:29:00 Amy mentions JJJ's cryptic tweets and Cholo adds: "Breaking up the dynasty!"
5:41:00 J goes to sleep with 3 kids and we talk about Draymond's kids, Wiggs' kid at his pregame before G1, and kids in general
5:45:00 on Twitter being upset that Moody was "buried" during the regular season, but WHO CARES? Also it was the veterans messing up the standings. Dean: Do you remember how much Looney played in 2016?
5:49:00 Looney in 2017-18 played 13.8 mpg regular season and 19.3 mpg in the playoffs, Moody averaged 13.0 mpg this season
DISCLAIMER: These are all just notes for my main workflow of YouTube videos, mostly transcribed by me shortly after the interviews and during my coverage of postgame on our livestreams (!). Sometimes I’ll just use what’s tweeted by beatwriters, as listed. The links to the tweets are not available because sometimes I don’t use the full tweet and just having a ton of tweets on this website imo isn’t aesthetically pleasing and gets away from the main goal: transferring information (not so much entertainment) to the brains of DubNation asap.
• JaMychal Green postgame Game 2 on his season: “been a rough one… year of growth for me. If I get through this, I can get through anything.”
• On this game: “help the team… being ready.”
• On the Lakers letting him shoot: “Idc… keep us open.”
• On how he stayed ready: “They always tell me stay ready… time will come… first series, I was struggling with it… Steph (speech)… strong words… let it go…”
• On if he had a different approach as a starter: “It’s playoffs so it’s already a different mentality… my mindset is just to hit.”
• On losing Game 1: “Physicality. They punched us in the mouth. AD had 30 and 20. That can’t happen…”
• On preparing for Game 2: “It was a quick turnaround from Game 1… we were used to some things with Sac… having another day to watch film and understand the team…”
• On how to deal with being ready; “Take my feelings out of it… it’s a business… letting everything go… (workout in the gym).”
• On Klay: “Man, some of the shots he takes, you be like, what!… 80%”
• On Draymond’s force: “He does it every game… the horse for the team, get us going… went to him after the game and told him you gotta be aggressive.”
• Draymond Green postgame Game 2, on Klay: “I just knew he was locked in. He was really pissed off from the performance (of Game 1)… on us to make sure we’re finding him… got to the spots he wanted to get to…”
• On mindset into Game 2: “be aggressive on both ends… I never wanted to leave the game feeling like that again… Chris DeMarco showed me the film… idk who this guy is… fourth quarter, this is the guy I know, show up that way tomorrow… be decisive… Game 1 I was very indecisive on both ends.”
• On his gameday outfit: “Antoine Griezman… been to a few of those (international champions’ Cup)… honorary captain… jersey… good luck.”
• On the adjustments: “We played with more force… moved the ball… tougher to guard… all started on the defensive end. We met force with force… we fouled so much last game… seemed like every play… that’s a great defensive team… our defense led to some better offense.”
• On JaMychal: “I’ve known JaMychal since I was 16, 17 years old… he a dawg… not play a few games, that takes some adjusting… coming together at the right time… ready to go Game 3… stepped up like a true professional… with Loon… we knew we needed some dawg…”
• On changing looks vs AD: “…try to make him do things on our terms… contested shots… best you can do, you have to live with the result.”
• On if they say more than other teams: “When you got Anthony Davis, though, you can do it a little more.”
• On why he likes to bring his kids to the podium: “They love coming up here… alright, DJ said he’s out. Cash copies… (Cash says something cute)… you have an obligation to provide for your child… the times that you miss, it sucks… share these moments with them… look back and you just really appreciate them… Warriors… NBA… don’t have to allow us to do this… bring the kid energy it lightens the mood… these are memories that we’ll remember for a lifetime…”
• On Game 3: “Gotta take the show on the road… he’s gonna be more aggressive… make him take tough shots…”
• On when he was disgusted with his play, then winning, then sharing with kids: “When we lose, I don’t bring them back… this guy doesn’t let me live it down when we lose… I always try to teach them winners win… and you’re collecting Ls… have those walks with them down this tunnel… added bonus and incentives… put more effort into going to the gym… (DJ said he wasn’t)…”
• Dalton Johnson exclusive quotes with Draymond Green from locker room, on Chris DeMarco: https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/why-chris-demarco-was-warriors-unsung-hero-game-2-win-vs-lakers
"He said, 'I didn't even recognize -- who were you last night? I didn't recognize you. You f--king awful defensively last night. I've never seen that,'" Green said to NBC Sports Bay Area.
"What are you doing?" DeMarco repeated to Draymond.
"I had no answer for him except, 'I'll make it right. I'll be locked-in,'" Green remembers.
"He's like, 'Trust your instinct, trust your gut. You know what the f--k to do. Lock in.' And it was enough for me to hear," Green said.
"His voice is huge," Green said. "His voice is huge on this coaching staff. Chris DeMarco is one of those guys that's not afraid to hear his own voice, that's going to have those tough-ass conversations. He's not he's not afraid to challenge anyone. And I think that's a special thing.
"At times you get in these locker rooms and you have stars and coaches won't always challenge. Chris DeMarco will challenge anybody, from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, myself, Steve [Kerr]. He'll challenge anyone. He's not afraid to hear his voice and he's not afraid to have tough conversations. He's not afraid of confrontation.
"I think for us, having him here has always been a special thing, he's a special weapon for us."
"He carries that same underdog mindset as a coach," Draymond said. "And I think, like I said for him, No. 1, he's smarter than s--t. I don't think people realize how smart he is. He watches a ton of film, and how much we rely on his expertise.
"Not only do we rely on his expertise, but we rely on his dog mentality and I think that's been a big key for us, especially when losing Mike Brown, just having someone that kind of has that same mindset. Oh, he's huge for us."
• Klay Thompson postgame Game 2, on what they did well: “We applied what we watched on film. Shout out to JaMychal Green… knockdown shooter and a rugged defender… professional…”
• On being pissed after G1: “I didn’t play well… let my guard down. We let one slip away but we did our job tonight… go to LA with the same mindset… physical defense, ball-sharing…”
• On being jazzed up: “moments you work for… short moments of euphoria and that flow state make all those hard days more than worth it… even better when you couple that with a win.”
• On the same stats as 2017 vs Cavs: “I had no idea. That feels like an eternity ago. It’s still weird seeing LeBron as a Laker… the Michaels, Kobes… bring out the best in you… an honor to matchup against the greats but it’s not us against LeBron James, though… at 38, incredible and inspiring for athletes everywhere.”
• On if he felt he needed to play extra: “Not really. I just try to play within myself and I told myself that… at my best when I’m running around screens… cutting hard… we go as he goes (Steph and his 12 assists).”
• On playing the next two in LA: “I’m gonna be myself… hunt great shots… from a life standpoint it’s such an incredible experience. I would go to Staples as a high school basketball player with my pops just dreaming… excited to do it in a building where all my hoop dreams came about… so much respect for the opportunity… huge Kobe fan… play my hardest just to honestly honor him and Gigi… his tenacity…”
• On helping defend the attacks of the Lakers: “I can still use my size and defensive positioning… sticking with the game plan… staying within the flow of the offense and hunting great shots…”
• On Draymond: “That’s the Draymond that we love… being 6’7 250… he’s our Swiss Army knife… we go as Dray goes.”
• On what he said when he screamed after the euphoric three: “…sometimes… things just come about… I as saying something along the lines of I’m the One and a few cuss words…”
• On playing with more force to make it harder for AD: “Draymond can matchup with anybody… quick feet for his size… pest… it’s a tall task… trust him to continue to try and slow him down.”
• On how he prepared for G2: “relaxed a little bit more… tonight I just let it come to me and I told myself to stay patient and it paid dividends.”
• On if he’ll take another dip in the ocean like 2019: “…I’d… not so June gloomy… something about getting in the Pacific Ocean and body surfing… mental and spiritual being. I’m a true believer in the power of the ocean and all her healing properties.”
• Steph Curry postgame Game 2, on playing on-ball: “It was a point of emphasis of trying to get the ball in my hands a little bit more at the start… adjustments… will continue… beauty of what we can do… different ways using gravity but that was connected with our defense… not fouling, make them earn everything… Bron came out hot…”
• On going small: “You gotta give up something. What’s that movie? (inaudible)… using our strengths to our advantage… as long as we’re decisive… just gotta knock them down so JaMychal was huge… Klay got going early… Draymond was amazing in the pocket…”
• On scoring 50 vs tonight: “I like to score, too… whatever’s working just sticking with that until we have to do something different… as long as we’re creating open shots… ball finds the right person and good things happen.”
• On Klay being pissed off after G1, added significance because it’s the Lakers: “…he takes that stuff personally… whatever added fuel to the fire you need… personal history and fandom… we gotta find motivation to keep the fuel going…”
• On JaMychal saying his speech got him out of his feelings: “We talk about it a lot in the sense that it’s really difficult for a lot of guys to keep confidence in themselves… keep your skill set sharp… guys that always step up… that message that it’s gonna happen. I’m glad it worked, I’m glad he took it to heart… our identity and our culture… it’s not easy do credit to him… confidence to knock down those shots… that’s an NBA professional.”
• On if we should call him “Magic Curry” now: “Uh, nah… the labels and all that stuff, I don’t ever get into it because labels usually demean… my aunt, she sends me some amazing stuff from game to game… always trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube every game…. I love that part of the game…”
• On Draymond bringing his kids up to the podium: “Perspective… they’re kinda the timestamp… enjoy it a little differently… talking to LeBron about it, he’s got an almost college student… truly special, so grateful for that.”
• On if little moments like the charge overturn and technical: “Coach McKillop… Big Mo, how you finish quarters… especially in the playoffs… leaving a good feeling on the court (for halftime)… we talk about it on the bench, three minutes let’s finish this quarter strong because it can carry over.”
• We needed this one… win at all costs…”
• On if the Lakers are tired: “Most teams at this stage usually shrink your rotation… the styles of each team… I don’t sense that there’s fatigue at all. They’re going home for Game 3… rejuvenated.”
• On Draymond’s defense on AD: “I know he was excited about the matchup trying to find ways to make him uncomfortable… showing up every possession… that’s the back and forth of a playoff series… I got a lot of faith in Draymond… he’s a champ…”
• On if there’s relief: “…idk, every playoff game is a must-win… first one to four… big morale boost to give ourselves some real life… game can carry on the road…”
• Steve Kerr postgame Game 2 on what went right in Q2 and Q3: “We just played simple basketball… a lot of force… making good decisions… can you find that balance… hit singles… move the ball… Steph was brilliant. In the first half… running our team. Klay got it going… defense was fueling our offense.”
• On JaMychal: “…proud of J-Mike… tough for him… staying positive and staying ready.”
• On Draymond vs AD: “…brilliant. This is the guy we have to have… put him Davis tonight from the start…”
• On the free throw discrepancy: “We did a better job of defending without fouling… I’m sitting here looking at the Game 1 boxscore… (blames jokingly Raymond Ridder)… good to have someone competent.”
• On Klay: “That’s the best version of Klay… taking great shots… we got really good shots, 21-for-42… clean looks… weren’t forcing anything, just moving it to the open guy. Klay can get hot really hot really fast…”
• On if Looney could’ve started: “Literally two hours before game time Loon came down pretty ill. So I talked to Rick Celebrini and he said Loon probably wouldn’t play more than twenty minutes… sitting forever and kind of some awkward lengthy periods on the bench… off the bench… rhythm… we knew we were gonna play JaMychal anyway like he did in Game 1… knocked down some threes… athletic and aggressive.”
• On if Draymond had different energy: “Anytime we lose and Draymond feels disappointed… aggressive from the beginning… Draymond was brilliant.”
• On being able to rest their veterans: “Klay played 31 minutes… tops on the team… they were able to do the same thing… both teams should benefit.”
• On if Klay starting vs D’Angelo helped him: “Klay is able to guard pretty much a anybody… really likes guarding the ball… everything seemed to click tonight… be ready for whatever comes our way.”
• On if Klay can spring loose: “…doesn’t matter how many wing defenders the opponent has… key for us tonight was getting the movement… hit singles… when we do that Klay tends to get really clean looks.”
• On if he likes 50 or Strength in Numbers: : “I like winning… whatever it takes… he knew going into Game 7… do what he did… tonight he didn’t, got into the early foul trouble… Steph was very content just being a more traditional point guard… 20 points and 12 assists, that’s pretty good…”
• On why J-Mike vs small-ball; “Lakers are huge, they’re a massive team… we had to bring some size, some physicality… toughness… we wanted to be more physical tonight…”
• On if the Lakers are more extreme going big: “…they’ll pick certain guys and not guard them and pack the paint… they know what they’re doing and they have a plan… we have to counter that.”
• On if Draymond straight like to the paint is what they want: “…more driving lanes… Draymond was locked in… more room to attack.”
• On if he tried changing angles on screens with angles: “…doing what we tried against Sacramento, to stay on top of the shooters… figure out ways to free them up.”
• Darvin Ham pregame on the dismissal of Mike Budenholzer from the Bucks: “…unfortunate… allowing me, myself and others… going on that initial ride with him… always being a pro-player coach… dealing with your star players… developing a program… how much he cared for his players and wanting them to be in the best possible zone… a brother… he and I are family for life… he’ll bounce back when he’s ready.”
• On anticipating what the Warriors will do: “…is throwing stuff against the wall… going into Game 1 to what actually happened in Game 1… be honest with yourself… being ready to pivot… comes within the game too… (before is) all speculation… Plan B or Plan C, but I hate speculation, I just like the reality of the situation… we saw what we need to do… do it again but even better.”
• On the Warriors’ small lineup and if they’re ready: “Absolutely… our energy and our effort possession by possession… heightened awareness after a make, after a miss… locating shooters… be more physical with our screens… love and live in the paint… they’re fast, they’re speed is one-of-a-kind… sprinting back the other way. We got a little taste of that… force our will even more…”
• On noticing things can be a little sharper: “…the plan that is already in place… take it a step further to a higher level… we’ll stick with the initial plan… we’re prepared for a long series.”
• On the rotations and minutes: “…Rui got hurt a little bit because we ran AD and Bron for longer stretches… having able bodies… not caught up in their own personal agenda per se…”
• On LeBron being this productive at 38 and adapting his game: “His preparation, man… the constant evolution of his game… rest, proper nutrition… manages certain days, certain work rates… great for the younger guys… emergence of certain guys… allows him to not have to dominate the ball… Draymond mentioned it… he’s played more off the ball… that’s deliberate… guys able to step up and make plays… plethora of guys we can ride for different segments of the game… not being forced to be the tone-setter…”
• On the three-point struggles: “We have a mantra… We’re gonna love and live in the paint… guys gotta just shoot it when they’re open… we’ve been better at driving and swinging than shooting (laughs).”
• On relying on the tandem of AD and LeBron: “…The term load management is constantly used but this is what it’s for… medical staff… coaching staff… daily regimen… these guys are thirsty…”
[Steve Kerr pregame video was not broadcast by NBA command center, for whatever reason possibly due to technical issues, and I did take notes of the audio version on SoundCloud but the transcription was not posted as I came across an error on the Discord app where I input the transcriptions.]
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